Anthro Irish Interview by Ahmar Wolf

Here is their logo of our mascot “Rebel” created by Irish Artist and long time friend of the rep., @Balese8

Anthro Irish is a brand new furry convention to take place in Cork, Ireland on August 5th and 6th. They agreed to an interview to talk about the upcoming convention.

Furry Times (FT): Furries in Ireland what is it like?

Anthro Irish: Well, in my near five years being active in this fandom, I’ve come across lots of people in the fandom here, if it’s going to local fur meets in Conventions such as Dublin Comic Con, or going to see a movie in Cork and Dublin.

Or as I’ve gotten older, attending Furry Not New Years , which is an event held by Irish Furries, and better yet creating and attending Anthro Irish,Furries in Ireland are a growing and thriving, small , yet strong community

FT: Sounds wonderful. How difficult was it starting a convention?

Anthro Irish: Simple answer is, not easy but I’m incredibly thankful for the amazing support it has gotten so far, online from the public and the amount of people who have volunteered there time and energy in various departments behind the scenes in order to make this happen.
I’m also very thankful to our venue, The Clayton Co.Cork , who were completely on board from day one

FT: So they were aware of the furry fandom?

Anthro Irish: Sort of? Our point of contact is actually a cosplayer and was semi familiar with furry. And only learnt about furrys in Ireland from Anthro Irish, as the phrase goes ” you learn something new everyday”

FT: How is the hotel situation?

Anthro Irish: As in?

FT: Locations near the convention. Are they going to set up times when fursuiting is allowed etc.
Hotels tend to attract fursuiters

Anthro Irish: Ah yes! Fursuiting is allowed from 11am on the Saturday until 8pm on the Sunday. Within the Anthro Irish space and once an attendee is registered, and wearing there lanyard

FT: Anything planned for the convention that you like to talk about

Anthro Irish: At current I’m keeping the schedule under pretty tight wraps, but I can confirm the full schedule will be coming out in July. We can confirm tho that the convention is in aid of the Irish Blood Transfusion Serivces (IBTS) . And more information on the IBTS can be found here :

Yes, for many reasons the charity is close to not only myself but many members of the Irish Furry Fandom.

FT: I received a blood transfusion myself

Some including myself get to check out other cons on YouTube. Any plans on posting your own videos?

Anthro Irish: At current we have telegram , twitter and we recently joined Instagram to share content , we may share videos from the convention or opening and closing ceremonies to YouTube, but this isn’t certain as of right now.

FT: Any plans for say Dealers and Artists to have there own spot?

Anthro Irish: Yes, there will be an artist alley at Anthro Irish which slots for have recently sold out, and there is currently a waitting list.

FT: That is fantastic

Anthro Irish: In total, there will be five areas and they are as follows;
1) Main Stage , this will have chairs for events such as opening and closing ceremonies and where events such as Guest of Honor Panel ,Fursuit Games and Saturday Night DJ will be held.
2) Panel room , this is a smaller space for more intimate panels and will host 20 attendees.
3) Fursuit lounge – somewhat self explanation and will have water and snacks for those who need it.
4) Artist Alley- This will be where local Irish talent from artists , Fursuit makers and so much more will sell there wears
5) The Bar – in the center of our space there is a bar and will have lots of seating

FT: You got the floor is there anything you like to add

Anthro Irish: I guess I’d like to say thank you again for those who have been extremely supportive of both myself and the convention. And I’m very much looking forward to Anthro Irish 2023!
In addition

Anthro Irish Sold Out 2 days after Registration Opened.

Inside Las Vegas Fur Con

I reached out to a brand new fur con in the works named Las Vegas Fur Con. I know Las Vegas isn’t the first place you think about fur cons. So I reached out. I was contacted by Tanner there Public Relations rep for the convention.

Furry Times: Planning a fur con in Las Vegas must present some very unique problems

Tanner: A Las Vegas furcon certainly does – most venues are casinos and so are uncomfortable with fursuit heads near the gaming floor. This basically limits year one events to casinos where it’s possible to go straight from the hotel to the convention space (rare except for newer places) or non-casino venues, which is why we chose the Alexis Park.

FT: When it comes to furry Las Vegas usually isn’t the 1st place most think about. Could you talk about the fandom there, meets and the like.

Tanner: While the Vegas fandom is transient, it is actually very active: we have at least 4 active meetup groups and a student organization/club at the local university. The club actually is where a lot of LVFC’s initial board of directors came from.

FT: Seriously this interview has been so eye opening.

This is it as I can get what I need from your site.

Except for something I usually do at this point. Let you say whatever is on your mind.

Tanner: I’d just say that we’ve got a lot of stuff in store over the next several weeks and are confident we’ll be able to put on a really awesome event! With a hopefully minimal registration wait time since we plan to mail badges to attendees ahead of time free of charge.

Thank you for the interview; you’re always welcome to reach out to us for more!

The Details:

Las Vegas Fur Con takes place at Alexis Park All-Suite Resort 375 E Harmon Ave Las Vegas, NV from Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 16, 2023

Registration is currently open

Let’s Meet Soton Furs from Southampton, England

Soton Furs are the main furry group out of Southampton, England. I took notice when I came across them on Twitter @sotonfurmeets turns out they regularly do twice yearly 1 day only mini cons in an area of England without fur cons.

In my effort to expand the world of furry, that we get a chance to know them.

My name is Steve, and my furry handle is Rhona Whitefeather, though it was formerly Silverwind Blade.
I’m the chairman and founder of SotonFurs, and lead the group that organises the meets.

FT: How it got started?

Steve: I first started SotonFurs – ‘Soton’ being a local abbreviation in slang for ‘Southampton’ here in Hampshire, UK – after the previous HantsFurs group based mostly in Southampton dissolved after the people running it moved away or moved onto other things. Having recently moved to the area, I wanted to make new friends, and after being absent from the fandom for a while due to work taking up my weekends, I was able to start getting back into it again, though I had lost touch with many former friends.

I decided to organise things properly. I looked into a venue for meeting up at, rather than an outdoor meet, wanting to have a roof over our heads and – selfishly! – a bar, so I could drink and relax. And so people could easily do things like draw, play games, and more comfortably socialise. I also had the idea that – since fursuits had become so much more common since I’d been part of the fandom – the opportunity to bring and wear them would appeal to people.

I found a pub with a function room that would serve as a changing and storage area for fursuiters, and that was eager to accept us, and then launched my post out into the Internet via the UK Fur Forums, and the ‘Hampshire’ section that was local to me. The response was surprisingly enthusiastic!

Our first meet was held in August 2015 at a pub called The Strand in Southampton. We had about 15 attendees at that first meet, about five or six of which were fursuiters. The first meets staff consisted of me and one other person, though we recruited others after they proved to be reliable, helpful and keen.

Shortly after this, we started to use Social Media more, as everyone else did the same. Our long-running Facebook Group was established, and has since become one of the hubs for SotonFurs activity.

We held our first party in 2016 to celebrate going for a year. We featured our first charity auction, a furry trivia quiz (with questions written by me!), a small number of dealers, and a dance. The first party was held at a separate venue, to enable us to have more space for the party, and to further set it apart from our regular meets.

It was a big success, and we started to gain larger numbers after it, leading to us also having a winter party, which involved more games and activities. Both quickly became part of our regular yearly schedule, and grew quickly in size and complexity, leading to us finding larger venues for our parties as their numbers grew.

And that in turn lead to us advertising them with fliers at conventions and events, and producing a timetable for events for attendees, so they know what to expect.

FT: I have heard such meets as London Furs operate get 200 or more for say an arcade or bowling meet. Are your numbers just as strong?

Steve: LondonFurs has been going a lot longer, and being in the capital city, do tend to attract more people for their large ‘event’ meets like their parties.

We tend to have around 40-ish people for our regular monthly meets, and then events like the upcoming Summer Party will see that increase to around 100 people (approximately, of course)

FW: If your Summer Party is successful, would you like to do another?

We’ve done Summer Parties since 2016, the first one started off as an anniversary of the meet running for a year, and they’ve been a regular part of our calendar since then; obviously excluding when Covid forced us to abandon everything. This will actually be the first one since lockdown ended in the UK.

We also usually do a winter party, but I think this year we won’t be, as we’re not really prepared for it.

Our parties usually have similar events and structure to the one you’ve come across.

The last few years running for the summer party we also had a bus party the night before – which is where we hire a party bus from a local company, which comes with lounge seating, drinks, and audio and interior disco lights – and sell tickets for that. But we ran out of time to organise it in advance, and there are still some restrictions in place that meant it might not have worked out this time.
Hopefully we can do it again next year though.

FT: Your open to say what you want.

Steve: I think the main thing I’d say about running SotonFurs is that I set out to run the kind of meet I wanted to go to. Keeping it friendly, positive, and with clear rules and guidelines has gone a long way to make the meet a very popular and successful one here in the UK. As the chairman and organiser of the meet, I’m proud of all I’ve managed to achieve, and I haven’t done it alone; I’ve always had a very reliable team to depend on and help me and all of our attendees at every turn. We are all very proud of everything, and enjoy what we do and attending our meets as much as our attendees do. And keeping in mind that we’re supposed to be having fun as much as the people attending has always been one of my firm rules as a meet organiser. After all, we don’t get paid for what we do, and this is still our hobby.

Seeing people grow and develop as they come to our meets, and seeing how people have met one another and formed friendships and relationships as they have attended our meets has been a rewarding experience, and I could never have forseen how much the meet has grown into what it is today. And I can only imagine it will continue to grow as the meets continue to be held.

Soda City Fur Con Interview

Soda City Fur Con will take place in Columbia, South Carolina at some future date. With so many things that are still unknown this interview with their representative gives us a glimpse what is happening now.

Furry Times (FT): I once heard that you got your start at another local convention. Could you tell me how it start and what it grew into.

Soda City Fur Con (SCFC): Starting a con was in the books for a while now, just recent events that happened at another conversation, started the process suddenly. So we took the opportunity and ran with it.

Plus a few local groups failed to start a convention here in South Carolina.

FT: From my understanding there is so much that goes into starting a con. Such as picking a hotel, and charity. I know it’s early and you really can’t say. But in very general terms have you an idea where you like SCFC to be held.

SCFC: We are currently eyeballing the Marriot Columbia and others around the area.

FT: Also will you be a non profit?

SCFC: We are going to be a Non Profit

We filed for our 501c3 Status last week thanks to a generous donation.

FT: Is their a general feeling on your end when you like to hold the con?

SCFC: As of now we do not have a set date but we have a a range of years 2024 as our primary With 2025-2026-2027 as back up years if 2024 does not work out.

As for the months we are doing our research. February is a possibility due to it still being winter

FT: Is there anything you like the public to know

SCFC; Pretty much everything we said above We need all the help we can get so if they want to support us our donation link to Ko-Fi

An Interview with Jennifer Carnivele

Jennifer Carnivele does this great comic which she describes it: Well, it’s your typical run of the mill, girl goes out into the real world and tries to make it on her own, with her two roommates who drive her nuts and a colorful cast of supporting characters in a small Southern California town.

The Interview:

Furry Times (FT): The beginning is always the best place to start. When did you start to draw?

Jennifer Carnivele (JC): I started drawing when I was old enough to hold a pencil. I think I was maybe 2 when I first started doodling on the walls LOL!

FT: So when did you draw something recognizable?

JC: I think when I was 7 years old. I remember drawing Oliver and Company fanart.

FT: Was it Oliver that brought you to the furry fandom?

JC: I’m pretty sure I was born a furry LOL! Back in 2003. I was inspired by other furry webcomics of the time.

FT: There are some terrific ones out there. So what basic plot of your comic?

JC: Well, it’s your typical run of the mill, a girl goes out into the real world and tries to make it on her own, with her two roommates who drive her nuts and a colorful cast of supporting characters in a small Southern California town.

FT: Sounds wonderful

JC: Thank you 🙂

FT: Where can your comic be found?

JC: I post updates everywhere whenever a new page goes up. I have accounts on different sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, DeviantArt. FurAffinity, InkBunny, Weazyl, SoFurry, and FurryNet. I do my best to really get it out there!

FT: Including this interview. Here is a sample of Simply Panda Jenn

Which also can be found at

My Interview with Deadly Creations Fursuits (A Fursuit Maker)

AW: Let’s start at the beginning how did you get your start making fursuits?

Deadly Creations Fursuits or DCF: Well for starters I knew I couldn’t afford to get my own suit because I am only a high school student. So after creating my first fursona in early 2017 (after about a year in the furry fandom), I decided to try making my own fursuit. I was actually in my Ceramics class when I started so I used what I learned there and applied it into my very first suit: RadioActive 1.0

AW: So when made you decide you could make fursuits for others?

DCF: It was actually my closest furry friend who got me into beginning to take commissions. After seeing RadioActive she asked me if I could remake a suit for her. I only agreed because of her belief in me. Since then I have done a lot of repairs to both my own and her suits, even a few friends, and have gotten a handful of commissions too. Though no where close to the hundreds most bigger makers have gotten lol.

AW: Hey everyone has to start somewhere

DCF: Indeed ^^

AW: Just curious how do makers decide what to charge? and what piece takes the most time to make?

DCF: Yes most makers decide on a base price and then additional charges depending on complexity and species.

As far as what I’ve seen from what takes the longest; I would have to say probably the head. I have worked with both foam and resin heads and both take a good while to pattern and then transfer the pattern to fur. Then cutting and sewing. Some makers chose to work with shorter furs to make it easier on themselves while I chose to actually work with longer furs and shave them by hand. That adds on about an hour or two. Of course some suit heads require painting as well and that always adds on a few hours. Also the head has a lot of different curved and shapes that ends up leading into even more pieces to the pattern. So yes, the head is likely the one item to take the longest besides maybe the bodysuit.

AW: I know fursuits are a personal thing how do you make sure the customer gets the design they want?

DCF: Oh absolutely! The first thing I do it check with my customer is the pattern is correct once completed. I always sketch out the pattern first in either regular pencil or colored pencil and once approved by my customer then I move onto using sharpie to finalize the pattern.

AW: I know the one thing I hear at fur cons is getting the right size and shape to match their own bodies. How should someone do this? I know some have made duct tape replicas of themselves is there any special way you do this?

DCF: Well Duct tape dummies are really the best way to go about this. I personally prefer DTD myself as it ensures that the suit is fit to the customer since the DTD is an nearly exact replica of your own body. However to do not demand them especially if you have health conditions that keep you from being able to create the replica. In this case I have taken very precise measurements in order to fulfill the request. However if you are able to, please make a duct tape dummy, it will make any make anyone’s time making Fursuits much easier and will make the suit fit a lot better!

AW: I know fit is very important

DCF: Indeed it is

AW: Say once a deal is made how long does it take from the time the payment is sent to the customer gets their completed fursuit?

DCF: It depends on the suit. While I take discussed payment plans, I do not begin work until at least half is paid. The suit is then completed as soon as possible between classes and in my free time and completed upon full payment. I am then able to mail out once finished. Every suit is different but I would say a tail takes no more than a month at absolute most and heads can vary greatly depending on when materials get in and how much I must do on it.

AW: How about just a basic fursuit, nothing special?

DCF: Every fursuit is special that comes through my shop. No matter how basic; I will love it just as much as I love my own fursuit. Each character has a story, each story is unique, thus every single suit is unique and special here.
Here at Deadly Creations Fursuits we have a saying “Where Dead Things Come To Life” to us this means that we bring dreams to life. No matter what your dream is, big or small, I will fight to make it exactly as you imagined it with the best quality I can possibly produce. So even if you have a basic character don’t let that bring you down. If you love who you and your fursona are then nothing else matters but making that dream a reality. I would never turn away a character or suit just because it’s not a outrageously complex one.

AW: Good Answer.

Which strangely leads to my next question, how do you deal with impatient customers?

Actually I have been lucky enough to not come across one yet since creating this business in late 2017. Being that I am a high school student I do require patients. In these circumstances and knowing this will happen to me sooner or later, I will ask that they be patient and if not, then I will discuss with them the idea of a partial refund. If they still wish for the suit to be finished then I will bring them a bit further up in the list in order to meet demand before things get it of hand. However if they are to be rude about it then it the suit may not appear publicly in photos posted by myself however quality will not lessen in any way or form.

I understand fully that in some cases I will be in most definite fault if a deadline is involved and I do not meet it. In those cases I will be more than happy to finish the suit and add a few gifts along with discussion with the customer as soon as that time comes.

AW: That’s actually nice of you

DCF: I try to be very customer friendly along with admitting to my mistakes. I have seen too many people lie to the world about their Fursuits and have left the suiter in tears

AW: Getting straight answers from the source is what I try to do

DCF: And that is what I will give you ^^

AW: In recent years there has been increased attendance at fur cons, in general, have you noticed increased business?

DCF: Yes I have definitely noticed and increase in interest. I often have people ask me not only about my work but some also ask what are good ways for making suits.

AW: I noticed on YouTube fursuit making videos get a lot of views

DCF: Yes, it is an interesting process that you can learn a lot by watching. Personally I learned by watching fursuit making videos and still enjoy watching them because I can always learn different methods and ways of shaving fur, making paws, heads, just about anything

You can contact Deadly Creations Fursuits

Twitter @DeadlyFursuits

Telegram @ AlexDeathWolf

Interview with Pawsry Owner/ Operator of International Furry Broadcasting Service (IFBS)

Interview with Pawsry Owner/ Operator of International Furry Broadcasting Service (IFBS) who since FBN announced a possible merger has been all over social media.

AW: Could you tell me a little about yourself and how you got involved in the furry community?

IFBS: I’m currently a 17-year old student, and I love playing on the piano. I’m a big mascot fan too. I found this community thru mascots.

AW: May I ask what part of the world you are from?

IFBS: Singapore

AW: I am in Chicago so there is a bit of a time difference. What is the furry community like in Singapore?

IFBS: It’s quite nice, we sometimes do furmeets on a ad hoc basis. We are quite tight knit here.

AW: That is good to hear. Have you ever been to Furry Lah? Singapore’s Furry Convention?

IFBS: Nope. I joined the fandom last August. I’m set to attend this year’s furry convention, Little Island Fur Con, from June 8 to 9. Little Island Fur Con this year is inaugural, after 2 years of Singapore having no furry conventions.

AW: Thanks for the information.

I guess I should ask what is on everyone’s mind “What exactly is IFBS?”

IFBS: The IFBS, short for the International Furry Broadcasting Service, strives to be the world’s very furst furry-centred broadcasting service. Imagine a television station, but 100% furry.

As of now it’s just 2 video series in my YT channel bearing the IFBS’ name, IFBS The Furry Show, a furry-oriented talk show, and IFBS The Furry Report, IFBS’ flagship news programme on the latest from the furry fandom.

AW: Very ambitious


They proposed a merger between the IFBS and the FBN

Should both sides merge, the IFBS will be focusing on furry news and content, while the FBN focus on furry music.

AW: Interesting. Any Future plans?

IFBS: For the IFBS

AW: Whatever you want to talk about

IFBS: I’ll begin making my own fursuit soon, and also I possibly will plan to go to fur-ther furry conventions next year

AW: It was nice talking to you.

IFBS: This Sunday (in Singapore) after the verdict, should both the IFBS and FBN merge, both sides will discuss about what’s going to happen, to restructure the FBN, or keep things same or something

They maybe would implement a reporter (correspondent?) system after the merger which is something to look forward to (that is if the merger is confurmed)

IFBS on Twitter

IFBS on YouTube

Interview with Andrew French of Circles Fame

What can I say I am a HUGE fan of Circles and have been since I found Circles Zero on the Rabbit Valley site. I consider it was a HUGE honor I was given the chance to conduct this interview.

Ahmar Wolf: So how did you get your start?

Andrew French: So…getting into writing…I’ve been writing since I was very young. I’m very much a storyteller. A quick talk turns into a million anecdotes, and I run D&D games regularly, just to have the outlet for stories. I originally went to college for theater arts, but I switched to creative writing pretty quickly, as I realized it was much more my natural calling.

Steve and I were already in a relationship, having met through the furry fandom. Scott was a relative newcomer to furry when we were introduced to him by a close friend of ours. Later, he became our housemate, and we sometimes talked about working on a project together.

After Associated Student Bodies ended, I couldn’t believe that no one else was jumping in to fill the desire for a gay furry comic. We were good friend with Sean & Andy Rabbitt of Rabbit Valley, because we all lived in Waltham, MA. One day, when we were headed to the movies together, I was ranting about how ridiculous it was that there were no gay furry comics with ASB gone, since it was obvious there was a strong streak of gay and bi furries in the fandom. Finally, possibly to shut me up, Sean said, “Well, you can write, and Steve and Scott are great artists. Make a comic. If it doesn’t suck, I’ll publish it.”

I still think we missed out by not using the slogan “Circles – It Doesn’t Suck!”

AW: Never did for me.

We’re you surprised at all the reaction Circles have gotten over the years?

AF: Not exactly? I thought people would like it, but I didn’t expect the emotional reactions people have had to it. People have written to me to tell me that it got them through hard times, that it helped them to come out to their family, that it got them talking with their family, that it inspired them to be better people…even saved their lives! I definitely didn’t expect to hear those kinds of sentiments from people, and it’s definitely humbling to know that its come to mean so much to so many folks.

AW: It helped this straight guy understand the gay lifestyle.

AF: Well, I hope that it shows that the gay lifestyle is just…life. You could pretty much substitute any relationships for the ones in the books. Everyone has family troubles. Everyone makes bad relationship choices. Everyone wants love. Everyone says things they wish they hadn’t. Gay or straight doesn’t really matter.

AW: That is how I first heard about Circles. From a gay friend who told me it gave a true description none of that crap we see in the media.

I own all 3 volumes and reread them every chance I get. We know why sadly Circles ended. I say sadly because I wish there was more.

AF: I don’t think of it as sadly. We started out with a specific story to tell, and we told it, even if it didn’t end as a comic book.

My career? Yes. I’m still working for the same travel company I was working for when we started this journey. I really like my job, and I’m glad to say they still seem to really like me doing it.

AW: If you and your original Circles crew had a chance to do one last Circles comic would you?

AF: I would never say never, but I would say that we told the story we intended to do. We would need a really compelling idea for a follow-up story that felt like it really *needed* telling.

AW: Thanks for allowing me to interview you.

What exactly is the Furry Broadcasting Network?

Frankly I totally understand the confusion of “What exactly is the Furry Broadcasting Network?” Frankly speaking their Twitter and home page really does not say all that much, in fact it was a misunderstanding that lead to this interview with Shadow Le Rawr, one of the people behind Furry Broadcasting Network and more commonly known as FBN, to hopefully answer the many questions the people and community have asked.

Speaking of misunderstanding, I was confused myself, obviously with my very first question.
AW: Let’s get started how did putting together a furry internet radio station start?


Well FBN is not just an internet radio station, from my experience you need a lot of time and dedication to setup and run any type internet radio station. You have to follow a bunch of legal rules in order to do that kind of thing. For example, stream licenses, which are something that you have to have if you play copyrighted songs. You also need servers to host your internet radio station on or use a stream host. We decided to use our own equipment instead of relying on a host, so things are a bit more complicated with the setup than with most. Which is why our site does not have a lot of information on it right now, all our time has been in focus to get our infrastructure ready for launch.

FBN’s goal is to help emerging artist get “out there”, so this could be anything from a new professional website or a streaming setup to showcase their music. It is why I wanted to start FBN, to get a single place where any furry could get help with getting themselves known in the fandoms.
AW: So what are your plans?


For Furry Broadcasting Network (FBN) or Paw Print Radio (PPR)?
AW: Let’s say both.


Plans for Paw Print Radio or PPR are mainly to be an internet radio station that plays the most popular songs within the fandom instead of using external songs. We want to help furry musicians to stand out. For FBN we are going to be making it the central hub, its website will host links to all the stations as well as some other cool features like con coverage and media resources. Since FBN manages PPR of course the links for it will be on the main site as well. We also want to expand our offering to other companies or sponsors so that they can focus on content and not all the technical or legal loopholes that it takes to manage an internet presence in the fandoms.
AW: Would anyone be able to make submission?


Define submission?
AW: Photos for example


They will be able to upload photos to their FBN profile, but to keep people safe from anything harmful it will be put up for review before being available to our public pages. A message will be sent to the user saying why if it was denied, if applicable. We want to keep the bad stuff out and the good stuff in. For clarification politics, hate photos, etc etc.
AW: How many are a part of your staff currently?


We have ten volunteers that run everything. This also includes myself. We are always looking for more people or talent to bring into the group. It is a lot of work to maintain things so there is always plenty to do.
AW: I am asking this because others have asked me paid or volunteer?


We are 100% volunteer, as such we have had several people come and go from the group as their time and responsibilities changes. The only time we pay is if we are looking for art for the network meaning we pay furry artists for commissions and then credit them back so they can get the exposure for the work. We also pay for things like servers and equipment to run the network, but this is not an obligation of anyone or the staff as it is donation based as well.
AW: Copyright is a huge issue.


For example, we give credit to the artists who made our logo, I also linked the art on my Furaffinity or FA account.
AW: But since we both have had bad experiences with the Furry Raiders would you like to make a statement on what really happened?


There have been comments as to our relation to a former partner, FurryRaiders. We were a younger group at the time and were ignorant as to the stance they took. We do not condone the view put forth by the Furry Raiders and immediately upon learning they held these beliefs, we ended our connections. Moving forward, we wish to show that we are a group dedicated to EVERYONE in the furry fandom. Our deepest apologies for any misunderstandings that arose from our former incorrect actions.

To fix that issue we have blocked all known alt accounts using AltFurryBlocker. (Shout out to them for the time and effort to rid the fandom of sour furs) We also have changed our policies on sponsor relations, so that all our sponsors have to go through an investigation period where we learn what they are like and what they do. Something that we did not do before with the Furry Raiders. And just to be clear on this, none of the staff or management of FBN are affiliated with any groups such as the Furry Raiders. We are also not run, nor will we ever be ran, by anyone that is an AltFur. I have a zero tolerance policy for that kind of thing and it was a mistake on my part before, but it will not happen again.

Ahmar Wolf speaking …
This was where I ended the interview for frankly 1 reason I could not think of any other questions to ask.

From what I have gathered both from the interview as well as their site they should be up and running next year. Speaking of which I had planned to linked this article to their site…which is sadly currently down. So instead I include a link to the article about them on Wikifur

Author Spotlight: Bill Kieffer by Scott Coatsworth

As originally posted on

First of all I got to say J Scott Coatsworth does an amazing job. I really encourage my readers to check him out HERE unlike me, he goes out and hunts for interviews, reviews, reviews of other blogs. All top notch and very professional. Unlike me who most of the time plays it by ear. So really check him out.

Bill Kieffer has become a Facebook buddy and one I really trust, and hope he does well with his writings. The following interview is great and gets into more detail than I think I could ever get into. Since he actually helped me with my interview questions.

By J Scott Coatsworth
Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work.

Today, Bill Kieffer – Bill Kieffer was born in Jersey City, NJ. He never fully recovered.


J. Scott Coatsworth: When did you know you wanted to write, and when did you discover that you were good at it?

Bill Kieffer: I remember dictating stories to my mother before I was in kindergarten. I filled one of those composition notebooks before I could read. I was always fascinated by words and I was appalled that people cursed or used words without meaning what they said. Not the lying exactly, but the logical contradictions of largely uneducated people. I felt like I was surrounded by mad people.

And it didn’t help that I had some diagnosed brain damage from an accident. It made speaking clearly hard. I had to concentrate on so many choices to get the words out.

The real world made me anxious. I found relief in fiction.

When I took up writing in high school, it was a relief. I could write with the complexity and the assuredness my speaking voice denied me. It seemed like destiny. I knew I was a good at writing by the most unusual metric… my high school allowed me four study halls in a row so I can write. And the librarians gave me an unused office so I could write in.

Maybe that just made me a good student.

I knew I was getting close when the editors began sending me back hand written notes on the rejection letters. I felt thrilled when Bob Greenberger of Marvel Comics called my submission mean. When Astounding wrote back that he’d like to see something shorter, I was dancing for the week.

Or maybe it was when Weasel accepted The Goat: Building The Perfect Victim after only four days. Yeah, that was an excellent ego boost; although I am probably spoiled for life.

JSC: How would you describe your writing style/genre?

BK: My wife says my style allows the reader to do the heavy lifting; which is to say that I let the reader fill-in some blanks. Part of that is because I suffer a bit from face-blindness. For example, all my white, heavy bald-headed friends all look alike to me until they move. Which is a problem, since as I get older, my collection of bald friends keep growing at an alarming rate.

In my writing group, Furry Writer’s Guild, my style is described often as dark and dense. It’s unusual in a niche like Furry, I suppose, where most people are there to escape the harsh reality. I just want to evoke feelings and that includes the “bad” feelings.

My genre is Anthropomorphic Fantasy — or Furry, if you will. I love the allegorical aspects of Furry. Plus, I think animals are cool and its easier for me to tell animals apart then people.

I’m also a Transformation writer, so the horror and SF come into the mix easily. They are both great platforms for discussing humanity… how you lose it, how you keep it, and, sometimes, how you regain it.

JSC: What was your first published work? Tell me a little about it.

BK: The first published work that I got paid for under my own name was a short comic book story in Tipper Gores Comics and Stories #3. I had gotten Tipper Gore #1 and I wrote to Todd Loren via snail mail because it was 1989 and that was the only way to do it. I asked for his guidelines and, in my very charming way, I told him I could do better.

He wrote back. He had no guidelines; he just pretty much told me how much he paid and dared me to try to do better. So, I typed up a script and sent it to him and six weeks later I had a contract in the mail.

Getting a check out of him was also an education, but that’s another story. I did get paid and I sold a few stories to him and he assigned me to write a series, Great Morons In History. Todd died before the 1st issue hit the stands, but at least I get to brag that I wrote the definitive Dan Quayle Biography.

With Trump the President Elect, I really wish this series was still around.

JSC: What’s your writing process?

BK: Until recently, my writing process was either write a pun-ish title and then write a story to go with it or get the story concept version of an earworm and just write it out until I was exhausted. I was a compulsive writer. It was a stress reliever and writing was cheaper than therapy.

With The Goat, I started with the ending and kept adding to the story, and then taking out a bunch of explicit sex scenes. Then I would go back and write some more. I was writing a lot of abuse which I’m against… but I kept adding erotic elements because Glenn was written for my online boyfriend. So, the whole thing was organically conflicted from the start. I like to think that shows. Even abusers deserve love, but victims don’t deserve abuse.

For Brooklyn Blackie and The Unappetizing Menu, I used an outline. I had never used one before outside of a class assignment. But I had an idea for a noir type mystery and I’d never succeeded in writing a proper mystery. It worked really well. Having an outline carried me through the parts where compulsion failed me and when impulses threatened to side track me.

I use outlines more often now but there are still a few stories that just want to flow out me organically. I’m grateful for those when the mood takes me.

JSC: Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.

BK: I have a Tea Queue.

I love tea. Love. Love. Love.

And I like buying new flavors. Esp. weird ones like Earl Grey with Lavender or Chocolate Chai. And for a very, very long time I would impulse buy whatever weird tea I saw. So, by the time I was 45, I had a lot of very expensive but very stale tea leaves. So, not that I’m a control freak or anything, I set up a tea queue in my pantry.

I have room for four boxes of tea and I only open one box of tea at a time (unless company wants one of the other flavors) and drink that tea every morning until its gone. Then I can buy ONE NEW BOX OF TEA… because there’s room.

In the winter, Trader Joe puts out their lemur tea and then I stock up on that. Vanilla Cinnamon Black tea! Nom! Nom! Nom!

JSC: If you could sit down with one other writer, living or dead, who would you choose, and what would you ask them?

BK: Al Franken
You saw this train wreck of an election year. I never believed in the Anti-Christ until Trump was elected. “Al,” I would ask, “What the fuck do we do now? Just what do we do now?”

I really thought reading Stephen King and Dean Kontz most of life would have prepared me for this, but not so. Not at all.

JSC: What action would your name be if it were a verb?

BK: Well, my middle name is TMI, so I can’t use that. Plus technically, not an action word.

I asked my wife. She said, “You’re not a Verb type of guy. You’re an Adjective.” Well, she was an English teacher, so she would know.

My friend Brian pointed out the word Bill is a verb. “to enter in an accounting system : prepare a bill of (charges)” On the other hoof, I’ve been told that there’s no accounting for me.

JSC: What kind of character or topic have you been dying to try to write, but you’ve never worked up the courage?

BK: Until recently, I would have said Private Detective, but I got one of those under my belt now. And before that, I wanted to write a story for my boyfriend with magic and BDSM, which I did with The Goat: Building the Perfect Victim (the hard part actually turned out to be having the courage to submit it).

I think the next hurdle is writing a soft and warm story of hope and happiness with hidden depths and complexities. I see writers do that and I am amazed to see it pulled off. I must be too cynical to do it… or maybe I am just too damaged. I tried to write a story of brotherly love and… the damn thing turned into a blood bath.

So, yeah, there’s something about love and happiness that frightens me… maybe it’s because I’ve hurt all the people I love.

JSC: If you had the opportunity to live one year of your life over again, which year would you choose?

BK: Oh, I wasn’t looking forward to this question when I started this.

The year after I graduated, my girlfriend died from CF. I made promises to her that I wouldn’t let her die a virgin or unmarried. But she did. And not coming thru for her, just messed me up. But I was having so many conflicting thoughts, and I hadn’t accepted my bisexual self yet and… well, things were confusing for everyone.

So, I would relieve 1983 over, although knowing that she was dying would hurt. And I would keep my promises. Her parents would hate me, but it turned out they hated me anyway and didn’t invite me to the funeral.

And then there’s my friend, George, who I now know was suffering with his own questions and loneliness. That after Debbie’s death he would never have another female friend, that he would explore our small town’s gay scene until he caught HIV and then developed AIDS in quick order. In what I know know was a weird prolonged suicide attempt trying to make a connection with another human.

I feel responsible for that. He tried to tell me, once, that he’d been watching an adult movie when “something” came poking thru the wall. And I laughed… and I didn’t ask him what he did or thought about it or anything. I just laughed because I didn’t think he’d be anything but disgusted.

I didn’t think that he could be a bit like me.

I didn’t think that we might be more than friends.

JSC: What are you working on now, and when can we expect it?

BK: Currently, I am still pushing my first novella The Goat: Building the Perfect Victim; trying to get sales and reviews. These days, selling a book doesn’t stop with the publication. I don’t know if it ever did.

I am also doing interviews with publishers for The Underground Book Review. They concentrate or reviewing Indy Writers and Publishers. That will start in 2017.

I am cleaning up a collection of short stories set in a Furry Universe I call Aesop’s World. Imagine if people came in 100 different species with thumbs… and then imagine that Aesop was their version of Jesus. That’s the basis if this world, and it’s far from a children’s storybook.

Four of the five stories feature Brooklyn Blackie, a bisexual dog/wolf hybrid private investigator. He’s cunning linguist with a thirst for justice. Too often, he has to settle for bloodshed, instead. He’s cursed with a dual nature, the dog and wolf, that I think a lot of people can relate to.

Cold Blood: Fatal Fables will be published by Jaffa Books sometime in 2017. There some M/M sex and romance and a little MFM menage-a-trios, too. But I don’t know how explicit the final version will be.

The Goat and now for Bill’s new book: The Goat:


This is the story of Frank, a self-loathing gay/bisexual 40-something man, having a mid-life crisis ‘affair’ with his high school bullying victim.

Glenn is a Furry, human in real life but online, he plays a sexually active Goat in several Furry communities. Glenn not only allows Frank’s abuse, but he seems to encourage it in order to get what he wants.

Still, Frank is what our HS teachers would call an “Unreliable Narrator.” So, it’s up to the reader to decide who the real victim is in the story.

It’s set in an Urban Fantasy world where computers and magic exists side by side. iMacs and Werewolves. Muscle Cars and Shape Shifters. Micro Brews and Healing Potions. The society resembles pre-cell phone America and people are more afraid of the LGBT community than they are of werewolves. Well… some people.

The Goat touches on abuse, secrets, desires, shame, denial, and the agendas we sometime bring into a relationship.

Contains graphic bdsm content.